Bank Holiday Fun – Drayton Manor and Hamleys

As a Mum with a child, I used to find the Bank Holidays week quite daunting.  Wondering what to do, where to go, to make sure my daughter had a fun week.  Hamleys and Drayton Manor have come up with some great ideas for next week’s Bank Holiday week.

There is a new arrival at Drayton Manor Park and Zoo.   The Zoo is a go to place for me during Holidays and I love this one.    The new addition is a baby Monkey. Could not have been a better new addition as I a Monkey Mad.

May half term. Whitsun. School holidays. No matter what you call it, you can still enjoy time with the whole family at Drayton Manor Park. Join in with this year’s Love Your Zoo Week celebrations from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June. Learn about over 100 species from across the globe. Take advantage of Drayton Manor Park’s ‘4 for £80’ ticket* .  Book your tickets in advance and don’t forget May half term includes the spring bank holiday on Monday 28th May.

Say  hello to our baby Black-Headed Spider Monkey, who is the latest addition to the park’s 15-acre Zoo. Drayton Manor Zoo welcomed the baby on 20th March to her parents, Snarfy and Lizzy. Her birth is being celebrated by the Zoo’s primate keepers as this breed is classified as critically endangered. This breed is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.  Details about how you can get involved in a competition to help name the baby will be available soon. Keep your eyes peeled for more information and start getting your thinking caps on now.  The new name will need to begin with an ‘L’.

Along with the Zoo there is a whole host of exciting activities. These are to celebrate BIAZA, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ annual Love Your Zoo Week. You are able to take part in the Love Your Zoo trail for the chance to win a return ticket for a family of four. After this you can make your way to the Conservation Cart to discover the weird and wonderful world of the animal kingdom. Whilst here you can learn more about the Zoo’s brilliant conservation work and the animal charities it raises money for.

At the Love Your Zoo Central stand you can put yourself to the test.  Can you  leap as high as a Tiger or flap faster than a Hummingbird? Make sure you also keep an eye out for Drayton Manor’s friendly mascot, Rory the Lion, who will be out and about in the Zoo as well.

Chris Mitchell, Head of Zoo Operations at Drayton Manor Park, said: “We always enjoy Love Your Zoo week here and being able to continue to share our values with the park’s visitors.

“In recent news the world was left devastated by the loss of the last male Northern White Rhino, Sudan. It’s with that in mind that we remember the pivotal role that zoos play in helping to protect animals that are currently struggling to survive in the wild. That’s why the birth of our young Black-Headed Spider Monkey is such a celebration and a really proud moment for the keepers that know and love her as much as her parents do.’’ 

In addition to all the extra Love Your Zoo activities, don’t forget to explore the theme park rides themselves including Accelerator, the action-packed rollercoaster adventure and the stomach-churning, head-turning gyro swing called Maelstrom.  I am not a stomach churning ride person but do love  Europe’s only Thomas Land™, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.  There are more than 25 rides and attractions to discover. Here, your little engine can enjoy favourites such as Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Rockin’ Bulstrode, Cranky Crane and James and the Red Balloon.

For more information about the park, visit Drayton Manor  or call 0844 472 1950**.

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*4 for £80 ticket is only available on selected dates and not available for Fireworks Spectacular or Magical Christmas, please check the website before travelling. The saving is based on four 12 + year olds purchasing individual tickets. Ticket is available for any age combination purchased before your planned visit date. Only valid for use if all 4 tickets are used together on one date, party must enter the park together. This ticket is available to book in advance of your visit online or via the call centre. Please be aware that you will not be able to purchase this ticket on the day, via the call centre or on the gate.

**Calls to this number are charged at 7p per minute.




Hamleys celebrate the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with the launch of “Dino Hunt”

This May bank holiday, Hamleys on Regent Street, the oldest toy store in the world, has some fantastic treats in store. With the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom imminent the Hamleys Dino Rangers are hosting a Roar-some “Dino Toy Hunt” experience every day. Customers can also jump on fantastic discount deals with LEGO.

The Jurassic World Dino Hunt is a fun family experience for all Jurassic Park fans. The hunt challenges families to work together to find the lost Dinosaur crate as they explore the Finest Toy Shop the World. Pick up an entry form at the entrance, follow the Dino footprints, find the crate and you could win a Jurassic World toy bundle from Mattel worth £250. Customers should watch out for life sized dinosaurs on the route, as well as a LEGO build of velociraptor “Blue”, who looks set to play another starring role in the new movie. Hamleys Dino Toy Hunt will take place every day during May Half term and throughout June.

Due to the success of the last bank holiday LEGO deal, Hamleys will be continuing its 20% off all LEGO this bank holiday. Children and adults alike can play, build and even have the chance to take a selfie with Kai from LEGO NINJAGO.

Save up to 20% on LEGO product including: Superheroes, NINJAGO and Star War products.

So, what are you waiting for? Join in the Fun, Magic and Theatre at the Finest Toy Shop in the World this bank holiday!

About Hamleys

For 258 years, Hamleys of London has been The Finest Toy Shop in the World bringing magical experiences and joy to children of all ages. Hamleys’ rich history began with William Hamley, a Cornishman from Bodmin, England. William Hamley dreamed of the best toy shop in the world when opening his toy shop at Holborn, London in 1760.

In 2018, Hamleys, as a global brand, extends significantly further than the famous London toy shop with 132 stores across 21 countries including China, India, South Africa, Czech Republic, UAE, Jordan, Egypt, Philippines, Malaysia, and Russia.

Hope you all have a fantastic week and create lots of memories with your families.


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